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Rare Plants of Washington State

Currently there are over 450 plants in Washington that are recognized as rare and/or as species of concern. Most of these plants are state listed with about 60 of them being federally recognized. These plants can be found in a great diversity of habitats including alpine meadows, shrub steppe, ocean dunes, conifer forests, and marshy bogs. Many of these plants are inconspicuous, such as (Carex capillaris) while others are showy and beautiful, such as Pale alpine forget-me-not (Eritrichium nanum var. elongatum). 

The keeper of rare plant information in Washington State is the Washington State Natural Heritage Program.

The Pullman Plant Materials Center in Pullman, Washing has recently developed Washington species lists of rare and/or species of concern by county.